I read this story which i just had to share…
Paul and Mike, two homeless men given a chance
to travel to a third world country on an all-
expense paid trip, were told to carry nothing and
return with nothing, making sure to spend all
that were given to them. Provisions had been
made for their expenses and welfare which they
would get upon arrival at their destination. The
only caveat was that neither of them knew when
they would be asked to return home.
As they arrived, they were both given a huge sum
of money and a credit card with no limits, but
reminded to spend it all before returning back to
their home country. At this they became instantly
wealthy by local standards.
Mike thought to himself “Wow. This is my
opportunity to live like a king for I don’t know
how long this would last”. So he went and rented
a Ferrari and rented the best room in the best
hotel in town. He went to the best stylish, shaved
and transformed his looks. He had parties every
day, slept with the most beautiful girls the city
had to offer. Everyone in the city thought the
cars and the wealth were his and they loved and
respected him for it. In the back of his mind Mike
knew he would go back home someday and leave
all of it behind but he didn’t want to think about
it. Right now he was living in the moment and
enjoying himself to the fullest.
Paul, on the other hand rented a Honda to get
him around town and stayed in a modest inn. He
thought to himself “This money will not last and I
don’t know when I am going back so I have to do
something tangible with it”. He decided to use it
and change some people’s lives while there was
still time. So he got busy, went out on the streets
and started making a difference. He didn’t just
give away money rather He tried to help people
be self sufficient. He paid off all the school fees
of some promising young ones to enable them
get an education and take care of themselves
and their families. He found some respectable
adults and funded them in a business that
guaranteed they would be able to take care of
their family and create employment. He devised a
means of helping some of the homeless people
get off the street and getting them into a trade
for he thought “I wish someone would do this for
me when I get back”. In short, while Paul was
there he was busy changing lives.
Then after just two months they were suddenly
notified that it was time to go back. They hadn’t
even finished spending all the money but still had
to leave it all. They both said their goodbyes and
headed for the airport. At the airport they were
given their original clothes to put back on before
boarding the plane back to their country. Mike
reminisced on the good times he had but wasn’t
too happy that he was going back to his old life.
How would he readjust to being a homeless? Paul
on the other hand felt good.He came with
nothing and is leaving with nothing but he at
least helped others with a chance at life and that
alone meant the world to him. Readjusting to
being a homeless wouldn’t be a problem because
he never lived like the wealth was his anyways
and always had in the back of his mind that he
would leave it all someday.
Little did they know that each moment they spent
on vacation was being secretly recorded and they
would be rewarded accordingly.
Now, which one do you think was cast back out
to the slums as a homeless and which one was
entrusted with large sums of wealth and position
The same goes with our lives here on earth. We
are sent here on a mission and will return back
empty handed except for the recordings of our
dealings here on earth. Yet, many of us walk
around thinking that the money we have is ours
to keep forever. We look at ourselves in the
mirror and think that what we see will always be
there forgetting that we are wearing a temporary
cloth, a human body, that would be required of
us before we leave this world. Our vacation on
earth is but a short time while eternity is forever.
How we spend this vacation determines how we
get to spend eternity.
“To the one who is victorious and does my will to
the end, I will give power over the nations -he
shall rule them with an iron
scepter…” (Revelation 2:26)
Whoever has ear let them hear what God’s spirit
is saying to him.
We are here today and gone tomorrow. Let us
not get too comfortable but rather gather for
ourselves treasure in heaven where we will spend
eternity. Will you live in a mansion for 60 years
on earth and spend eternity in hell?
Remember God loves you and He wants you to
come home and live like a prince.
Remember , don’t lust for material things ,they are just of this world .